An awesome pumpkin bread…
Obsessed with this bachelor pad…
How to throw a dinner party like a Parisian…
An awesome pumpkin bread…
Obsessed with this bachelor pad…
How to throw a dinner party like a Parisian…
Shiny walls…belles love gettin’ lacquered up…
Via The Neo-Trad
We are addicted to roasted cauliflower…
It’s 5 o’clock somewhere…
Now that we are nearing ski season…dreamin’ of a getaway…
We can hear your belles ringin’!
Ringin’ belles this week…
Thinking these would be be a great replacement for the nightstands that one teen belle absconded with a while back…
And this ice cream…
If these don’t ring your belle, we don’t know what will!!
After a long winter and with spring upon us…we decided we needed to upgrade our outdoor seating. Our lovely Libby-belle was also a big contributor to this little endeavor!
This little troublemaker is lucky she’s so cute. If we could locate the pics, we’d show you what happened when she ate the stuffing right out of these cushions…but until then you’ll have to use your imagination. Just picture a sea of white cotton candy all over a bright green backdrop. Lovely no?
Anyhoo…time to do a lil refresh. We went to a fabulous local lady who just happens to be very good at what she does (beyond good actually). Her name is Barbara Steele, and her company is Needles and Thread (firstname.lastname@example.org – 281-974-7317). She can do anything. Really, anything!
The monogrammer did an incredible job don’t you think? We used Missy Underwood of Underwood Embroidery, 120 East Main Street, Walhalla (864-718-5414). And…of course…we always think bigger is better!
Time to relax and enjoy!!
With all of our hibernating and hiding out this winter, what better time to do a little refresh??? One belle made use of a recent blustery day to do a little makeover. Here’s the bookshelf in zee kitchen…dusty, messy, not attractive…time to get busy!
Lots of piles…
Decide to remove covers for neatness and redecorating ease. Begin returning books to shelves using color and frequency of use as guides.
Still have a ways to go… But showing signs of improvement!
Now it’s time to pay bills and drink wine!!!
We will try to organize the desk during the next snowstorm!!
A little refresh goes a long way as the whole room looks better…at least we think so!
The season of gourds is upon us, and it seems everyone is getting more and more creative with that good ole pumpkin. We happily hopped on the day train and came up with this:
You might ask how we came up with something so ingenious. Well, the results were pretty good…and all ours…but we can’t take credit for the idea. We were cruising for some fall decorating ideas and stumbled across a few things on Pinterest that inspired us….
And then we happened upon these Chinoiserie Pumpkins !! Oh. My. Gawd. You could have knocked us over with a feather!!
Just take a gander at this from Enchanted Home :
A nice bonus…we realized these incredible artists had these pretties available for purchase…and, with a little heads up, would even customize to a degree. So, of course, we tried to purchase a few for our fall table (bookshelves for the rest of the year!!). Alas…they were sold out.
Well, these belles are no quitters! We decided this was the perfect time for us to try and get a little crafty ourselves. So this is what we made with some acrylic paint, a few faux pumpkins, and some paint pens. Don’t judge too harshly…but we do think they turned out alright for our first go at it….
We decided to do a Paris Porcelain effect with a gold and white look ….
And then we put them on display…
(And they don’t have a midnight curfew!)
We ran across an article in the September INSTYLE that really rang our belle! It listed loads of helpful tips from the “experts” on how to make any room look like you really know what you’re doing on the design-front. (and when in doubt…fake it, belle!!)
Here you go…in no particular order…we think they are all worth a share…
Wall sconces should be installed just above eye level…around 66 inches from the floor…so the light doesn’t shine directly at you (and if you hang them too high, they will light the ceiling instead of the room
your bed is generally about 30 inches from the floor…so why not put your nightstand on the same level?? That makes it the perfect height for the alarm, the book, the water…whatever needs to be within reach
8 feet…the best distance for viewing a 42″ TV (the most common size) is 8 feet. Adjust from there for larger or smaller screens
2 inches…An insert that is 2 inches larger than your pillow covers will make pillows seem plush and generous.
84 inches…this is the minimum length for a comfy sofa that will seat up to four people (or one adult lying down). This size also plays nicely with a standard 60-inch coffee table.
1 inch…leave an inch between furniture and the wall…this keeps the upholstery from looking squished and the paint from getting scuffed (a win-win)
29 watts…apparently, GE’s 29 W Halogen Frosted bulb is the most face-flattering of all bulbs out there. Thank goodness someone is studying this!! A belle always wants/needs to look her best. Just sayin’…
This one photo has a plethora of belle-ringing decorating numbers…
7 feet…always hang an overhead lighting fixture at least 7 feet above the floor (don’t want your NBA-sized friends bumpin’ a noggin’)
18 inches…we don’t want you (or those NBA-sized guests) bumpin’ a shin, either. Leave 18 inches between your coffee table and the sofa or other seating
62 inches…the center of your artwork should be between 62 and 66 inches from the floor…that’s the standard measurement in most galleries (and it just makes for good viewin’)
1 1/2 inches…for a tailored drape, allow a break of no more than 1-2 inches (too much puddling can be messy for a tailored, streamlined curtain)
So there you have ’em, belles. It’s easy as 1-2-3 (or 66-30-8-2…)
We don’t know why we haven’t mentioned this before…but we happen to know of an absolutely brilliant flooring option that is ringin’ belles all over the world! Our flor catalog arrived just the other day, and we realized it was our duty to do some sharin’.
Flor is the “smarter carpet” choice for your home and the planet. Any design is possible…from novelty and area rugs to wall-to-wall…using their 19.7″ square tiles, and it’s no sweat when the pup (or clumsy guest) has an accident. Just pop out the unsightly tile and pop a fresh one in. Presto cleano! And their Return and Recycle program is Mother Earth-friendly common sense.
Take a gander…
We are loving this killer balcony using “Positive Slant” in Titanium!!
Inspired by the tire tracks on a California mountain road…
“Roadside Attraction” in Eggnog brings the mountain to the city
…and in Frost, it’s anything but frosty! (check out Tan, Haze and Dew, too!)
Perfect for the cooler temps on their way…“Sweater Weather” makes ya want to cuddle the flor!
“Floweret” in titanium adds a tough feminine touch
while “Mod Cow” in Tan lets you explore your wild side
And “Mod Cow” and many others can be ordered in rug sets that’ll knock your socks off!
Balcony. Den. Bedroom. Playroom. Dorm room. Garage, even. The possibilities are endless!!
Flor it, belles!
If windows are the eyes of the home, the doors actually “speak” to those who approach, saying, “Come on in”. Just how that message is delivered depends on several factors…curb appeal, belles…but let’s focus on door color for now. A quick update…an easy fix…minimal commitment…a coat of paint can work magic!
Now, we understand, some belles prefer the traditional. Stained wood, black, and even red are beautiful, yet expected. Why not punch it up a bit, belles? A fun door color says “welcome” to guests and says “home sweet home” to yours truly.
A couple of belle-ringin’ examples…
We happen to know that these belles get a little giddy every time they walk in these happy-colored doors.
Now, one belle-friend recently decided it was time for an update of her own…
She has doors all the way across a loggia-style front porch, giving her many options for welcoming one and all…
Above is a “before” shot…classic, yet fairly “business-like”…not quite fitting with this particular belle’s personality
here are two of the colors this belle considered (the Chinese red is used in various places in the home’s interior, so it made sense to consider it as an option. The chartreuse was a suggestion from a color-savvy consultant)
and here is a soothing gray-blue which this belle had been pondering for a couple of years…don’t know what she was waiting for!
The perfect choice, don’t you agree?
Let’s look at the before and after:
Brilliant!! Welcoming, soothing…a belle-worthy upgrade! These doors scream (softly), “Come in and stay a while”
Time for a reality check…we all have creatures creating messes in our humble abodes….dogs, husbands, cats, husbands, children, husbands, clumsy guests, husbands. (Did we mention husbands???) Although we belles strive to keep a fairly neat and tidy home, despite our best efforts, accidents and spills happen…usually on the most expensive fabric we own. Well, belles to the rescue!!!
Recently, one of us was forced out of her home and into a rental for 9 very long months. (Someday we may bore you with the saga if you show interest). Among the many tasks involved in getting the old homestead back in working order were repairing, replacing and recovering a substantial number of pieces of furniture. One such piece was the living room sofa.
This belle’s house contains two dogs, two daughters, and one spill-prone husband. So with a mandatory change on the forefront, we decided to make practical, yet belle-worthy choices.
This is where the idea of using high-end outdoor fabric came in…durable, stain resistant, and surprisingly luxurious, it just seemed to make sense. And although some of our suggestions might be a bit more expensive than other options, it is totally worth it knowing that a temper tantrum won’t ensue the moment a dog hops on the sofa, a child decides to eat Cheetos in the living room sans napkin, or the husband tells his best knee-slapper while serving red wine to guests who talk with their hands!!!
With outdoor fabric, cleaning is a piece of cake: mild detergent, club soda, or our particular fave, hydrogen peroxide, will remove most stains, spots and spills with ease.
Enter Perrennials…our favorite upscale outdoor fabric line. The website is open to the public and one can even order samples to decide which styles and colors suit your decor best. Once you know what you want, you will need a decorator to order. But…since you will have already made your choice(s), it should be a minimal cost outlay.
They have a terrific array of colors and fabrics…including velvet!!!
And pattern galore:
And what belle doesn’t like a little accessorizing??? They have trimmings aplenty:
So our first step into the perennials pool was both timid and daring at the same time. We wanted to keep it neutral (timid) in pattern so that we could add or change color when the mood arose. We picked a velvet because it is in the living room after all. And we picked white (daring) to lighten up the joint and because we wanted white…so there.
We chose “Between The Lines”…an elegant classic velvet which will stand the test of time and taste.
Divine isn’t it?? Couldn’t you just eat it with a spoon?!? So far we are loving our foray into the Perrennials ocean of fabulous options.
Here is how it all turned out…several months in mind you….
First, a close up:
Gorgeous and still holding up like a champ!!
And now the panoramic view:
And there you have it!! So far we are most pleased. It has more than met our expectations. We know it will meet yours as well! One more peek just because we can…